Day in history for February 27, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The party held at the city hall last Friday eve, by the ladies of the Second Presbyterian Church, was well attended and everything passed off in fine style. We hear that the proceeds were about $115.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Commodore W.F. Davidson of the Northern Line Packet Co., Capt. Shethar, superintendent of the Line, and Capts. Abe Hutchinson and A. Lamont were scheduled to confer soon with Rock Island businessmen in regard to river freight rates.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The enlarged wing of St. Anthony's Hospital was completed.

1928 -- 75 years ago
A city amateur boxing tournament will be held at the Rock Island Armory starting March 15 under auspices of the Gibberman Bros. Athletic Club.

1953 -- 50 years ago
The Bituminous Casualty Corporation and the Bituminous Fire and Marine Insurance Company, Rock Island, announced the appointment of E.J. Barlow, 1301 2nd Ave., Rock Island, as manager, and Carl East as safety engineer of the companies' new branch office in New Orleans.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Late bus arrivals and a hectic bus schedule prompted the purchase of a 16-passenger van by the Carbon Cliff-Barstow board of education. The present van will continue to be used, in order to meet the demands of a heavy schedule. Six to eight parents attended the meeting to learn the board's solution to the late pickup of children and late class arrivals.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."






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